Recorded in Paris between September 2008 and January 2009
The difficulties that we face, in which we struggle in the night, are not imaginary, they come from the unelaboratedness of any living thought, they come from the caricatures of thoughts that we have had to suffer from birth. What are we ready to sacrifice? Our derisory shelves, our desolate perspectives. A world where each one of us has become the shopkeeper of his own specialty, and, once or twice a year, the tourist of himself, emptier each time confronted with this repetition. Considering the ghost youth of today, we must admit that the crime is perfect. The enemy has made them, not unable to think, but afraid. They have nothing and believe they have everything to lose. However, behind the camouflage of their delirious accaparations, it is impossible not to hear them cry for help. No exchange value is attached to this music, it is ANTI-COPYRIGHT. There was no confiscation of its meas of production, it was made on a computer with FREE SOFTWARE.
March 5, 2009 Subject:
Richard Pinnel's thoughts on I.G.I.N.
Julien Skrobek has released a lot of music over the past couple of years, some of it on CDr but mostly as free downloads at one site or another. Julien is an uncompromising guy, but also one of the nicest and most supportive people out there. His comments on music at various places online tend to ruffle a few feathers but he is the first to admit that spending too much time entrenched in these pointless arguments keeps him from doing what he does best, which is make music.
His latest album entitled (curiously) I.G.I.N. can be downloaded for free from another promising new net label called Ecto. I.G.I.N. is made up of five tracks, each made up of treated samples and digitally created sounds collaged together with a good helping of silence. There is quite a range of sounds going on here, from the odd spoken moment to a fair amount of squiggly digital synth sounds. Skrobek is very good at using extreme dynamics in his music to create surprise, suspense or just to provoke his listener into wondering what is going on, but I.G.I.N. is probably his most lyrical, fluid work to date. The sounds used still tend to come and go suddenly but they all work together well, creating something surprisingly musical. The final piece, weighing in at just three and a half minutes involves a cinematic looping drone sitting in the background as cyclical digital squelches turn like evolving clockwork in the foreground. I’m stuck trying to think of what this last piece, and the album in general reminds me of, but its not Julien Skrobek that springs to mind. It’s a free download so go listen for yourself. I’m not sure if I like it or not yet, but as is usually the case with Julien it made me stop and open my ears.